Unsuitable, insecure and substandard homes: The barriers faced by older private renters

Growing numbers of older people in the UK are living in private rented accommodation. For many, the experience of living in a rented property is characterised by serious concerns about their living conditions and their ability to live a secure life in retirement. Despite new measures to help with house-building and affordable homes, much of the political narrative surrounding housing still focuses on home ownership. This report argues that with half a million older people living in privately rented accommodation, we need to do more to understand the unique needs of this growing section of the population. And policymakers must reflect this understanding in future policy developments because currently they remain largely invisible.